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The Program [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Young
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)

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In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in.

And The Program is coming for them.


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From School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up-Four years ago, teen suicide became an epidemic, affecting one in every three teens. To combat it, a school district in Oregon developed "The Program," where teens are treated for their depression by erasing their memories and secluding them from their peers. As an increasing number of her classmates are taken away for treatment, 17-year-old Sloane Barstow knows better than to show emotion to anyone other than her boyfriend, James, especially since her brother drowned himself two years earlier, leaving her parents constantly on edge. But when her friend commits suicide and James is taken away, Sloane begins to slip into a depression that forces her into The Program, where she is gradually stripped of all memories of James and her past. As she struggles to start over, she finds herself questioning the integrity of The Program and why she is inexplicably drawn to a troublemaker named James. The story is intriguing, and while a little slow at times, teens will find themselves racing to the finish to see what happens to Sloane and James. Young has created strong characters that readers will fall in love with and has developed a captivating world that will not soon be forgotten. Recommend this one to fans of Lauren Oliver's Delirium and Veronica Roth's Divergent (both HarperCollins, 2011).-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* Imagine that suicide is a contagious condition affecting only teenagers. The early warning signs are negative emotions, depression, and despair, and infected teens are driven quickly to the point where they can think of nothing but suicide. This is Sloane’s world. She watched her beloved brother kill himself before her eyes. If not for the love of her boyfriend, James, Sloane is sure that she would kill herself, too. But she and James have vowed to each other that they will fight the disease, and love and comfort each other through grief. Teens seen demonstrating negative emotions are reported to The Program, where they receive the cure for the suicide infection but at a terrible cost. When Sloane finds herself swept into The Program, she realizes with a growing dread that everyone seems to know more than she does. Readers will devour this fast-paced story that combines an intriguing premise, a sexy romance, and a shifting landscape of truth. With big questions still unanswered and promising twists, this first volume in a new series will leave readers primed for more. Compare to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium or Ally Condie’s Matched series. Grades 10-12. --Diane Colson

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  • File Size: 1759 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C7CWQQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject, couldn't put it down! May 4, 2013
By Audra B
Format:Hardcover
The Program exists to save youth from the suicide epidemic that has now grown to an international level. Sloane is passing by with the help of her boyfriend James, which seems to get harder with each passing day with handlers taking those infected to The Program, or others succumbing to the illness.

Reading The Program was like a breath of fresh air in the YA world. So much of this book reminded me of MATCHED, and yet at the same time it didn't. Even the simplistic cover reminded me a bit of it. You've got two people, standing together in solidarity in what seems to be Program uniforms. In the book we have Sloane, fighting against Society for not only her memories but also her friends and family. I don't want to spoil too much, but at times she's even fighting against herself it seems.

Young tackles some pretty deep issues in The Program with everything from teenage love, depression to even sex. The last part surprised me a bit as I couldn't really remember the last, if any, young adult book I read that directly mentions sex like this one does. And I think that's what made this book even more relatable. Young doesn't shy away from these teen issues that are relevant even today. She gets what teens are like, and that comes across so well in the voice of the characters.

The book is set in three parts, each as riveting as the next. There wasn't a single moment in this book where I felt bored or unsure of where things were going. I loved the experience of getting to read this one and can see it as a book I would gladly even re-read.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of trepidation awaits! September 21, 2014
Format:Hardcover
Suicide rates are higher than ever in the time period for this book. Seems mostly similar to current time but medical technology is higher and civilization control it tighter. Why? because 1 in 3 teens are offing themselves.

Right from the beginning the program annoys me in how high risks are decided. I see why people are concerned... But they are asked these daily questions such as "Are you overwhelmed or lonely?" Who isn't, once in a while at least, 1 of those things. Ugh...they need a better set of standards to filter people. You can't cry in public that is bad. If you know someone who died that is bad and if you dare contact with someone just out of The Program, WATCH OUT!

The Program is there to take away teens that an adult considers a suicide risk (see the paragraph above for what can quickly get you there). The take you in and six weeks later you are re-introduced to society, happier than ever. Sounds good, right? Except for one major catch. The Program strips you of many of your memories. So students return not knowing their classmates and friends.

Sloane has had one of her good friends taken away. Not she only has 2 left. One of them is her steady boyfriend James. But when she losses them what happens to her? You got it...into The Program. For this I hate her mother. I understand not wanting to lose your daughter but just because others are gone does not okay what she does. I can't say too much without spoiling things so I will leave it off there.

Now I get that suicide is bad. I get wanting to get it under control but there is one thing that is in this book adults seem to have no control over. QuikDeath. A drink you take that will kill you in minutes.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've read this year! June 3, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Let me start by saying that The Program has demanded it's way into by top 10 for 2013. I read many books every year but when you get one that screams when opened, I know it will be added to the list of favorites.
My copy is an ARC so I'm not too sure if the published copy is like this, but there are three parts to the story and every part begins at page one, so it's like three stories inside. This is the first I have seen of this and really found it interesting.

The story is about a time when a massively high amount of youth suffer from severe depression and thus, commit suicide if given the opportunity. There has been much work into helping save the kids and close observation is made for everyone. If signs are showing, they are whisked off to a place that everyone in their right mind fears. A place that alters your state of mind, making the children lose their memories and allowing them to return back to their lives as someone that they are not. Someone incredibly different than who they were because they have lost that person along the way. The children are said to be recovered, but anyone in their right mind knows better.

Sloane has had many friends and family that have committed suicide. She has all eyes on her now and can't even get the time she so deserves to grieve for her lost loved ones. She knows that the life she lives will end up getting disrupted and makes quick decision to hide her past so her future won't be left blank. Her journey is far more unpredictable than anyone could imagine.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 25, 2013
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**SPOILER ALERT**

The Program is set in a world where depression and suicide are considered a virus. If you are thought to have caught the virus, the handlers come to get you and take you to a facility known as The Program. There, the memories in your brain that are believed to be the cause and contributing factors of the virus are removed. Usually after six weeks, the person is then thought to be cured and sent back into society.

Sloane and James have been together for over two years. He was her brother's best friend, until Brady killed himself. Sloane and James are constantly trying to appear happy and normal so they aren't sent to the Program, even though they both ache inside from their friends and loved ones who have killed themselves or are sent to the Program.

Then someone else they both love is gone and it's a trigger for James. He gets caught and Sloane is just beside herself. She knows that when he is released he probably won't know who she is, but she has faith in their love and is pretty sure he will. She bides her time and tries to appear happy and normal until his release. But when he is and he doesn't know her, it flips a trigger within Sloane that sends her on an emotional rollercoaster and eventually into The Program.

Will she and James find one another? Will they ever recover their lost memories? I really loved this book! From page one I was sucked in and I had a hard time putting it down. The end is satisfactory but leaves an opening for a sequel, which I hope to see. Young deals with the delicate subjects of depression and suicide firmly and puts a whole new spin on it that is very thought-provoking. Highly recommend!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS BOOK SOO AMAZING
Love this book, became one of my favorites very fast within the first few chapters. Everyone should give this read a try you won't be disappointed!! :)
Published 2 days ago by kasey bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars The Program portrays a perfect message about fighting society and what...
When first being introduced to The Program, I thought it would be another depressing book about suicide and depression. I could not being to fathom how wrong I was. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C. Leavy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book ever. Reading the second
Published 20 days ago by dana
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like YA stereotypes, then this is the book for you.
Ugh, I made myself finish this one. I’m going to give it one star and hope it doesn’t make the Gateway list, I do not want to buy it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the Program is a page turner
Wow so I wasn't really sure what to expect especially since the topic was teen suicide epidemic, but boy was I impressed! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book it was great
Published 1 month ago by Kaylee Keeton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing concept! but I don't like how James get sent off to the Program so quickly. :)
Published 1 month ago by Sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly Real
One of my favorite young adult books, along with it's sequel. Frighteningly realistic and kept me on edge from beginning to end.
Published 1 month ago by Bailee
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated!!!
This book is so good and appeals to teenagers it is a masterpiece, and we need to get the word out!
Published 1 month ago by nesser
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Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, and A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL. You can visit her online at www.suzanne-young.blogspot.com.

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